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Address: 701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
Phone Number: 206-386-5564
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Great views without the crowds

I've always found Space Needle a tad too touristy so was happy to try out this building. It's taller, less crowded and gives a great discount for the over 55s. And you get an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Rolling Hills Estates
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Rolling Hills Estates
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I've always found Space Needle a tad too touristy so was happy to try out this building. It's taller, less crowded and gives a great discount for the over 55s. And you get an all day pass so you can return at sunset if you like. The elevator situation was slightly confusing as you have to change 1/2 way up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Moderately priced, and a spectacular view. Enjoyed it a lot more than the oft mobbed Space Needle. Seeing both stadiums from that vantage point is worth the price of admission alone.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Higher than the Space Needle, the view was beautiful. My Ranier was hiding behind clouds. It is lesser known but very nice. Less traffic when we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Skyview observatory is an exciting place to spend the day. 360 degree view of Seattle and beyond. On a clear day, you can see forever but even in the clouds, you have the feeling of being lifted up and touching the heavens. Check out all the amenities and the food is great too.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

On a clear day, you can see forever. Beautiful scenery. Going up the needle was definitly worth the ticket and a good value when you vist the gardens as well.

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Gulfport, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Much better view than the space needle and also lower in price. Does have an "office feeling" but you can't beat the views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Fun to go to the top. We were there on a clear day. There are restrooms at the top the one at the bottom was really crowded. We at a private buffet for a group and it was really good.Very well organized

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Great experience and views of all Seattle. Tip buy your tickets early and get there before 9am the avoid the busy periods. There are two tickets machines beside the kiosks and they are really easy to use. Once you reach the top you are left to walk around and view at your leisure. Took lots of photos and even got... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The entrance fee for the observatory floor is high, compared to other towers around the world, for it's height is only 52 stories. The view is OK.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This is the best view in Seattle, hands down. Definitely better than from the Space Needle. You also get a 360' view but you're higher up than on the Space Needle. If you visit Seattle, you have to come here. It's perfect for taking pictures and take in the city from above.

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